Construction Season: the Palmer Project

Construction Season: the Palmer Project

Construction spending in Alaska is expected to be up 10 percent this year and now that it’s spring many projects are starting up again. Just north of Haines at the Palmer Project, Constantine Metal Resources is beginning another season of mineral exploration and work...

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Skagway welcomes the biggest cruise ship in Alaskan waters

Skagway welcomes the biggest cruise ship in Alaskan waters

The biggest cruise ship to sail Alaskan waters arrived in Skagway Monday morning. It’s part of trend toward even larger cruise ships called mega ships. Demand for Alaskan cruises is up, but now the question for small Southeast communities is how many visitors they can...

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DEC extends public comment period for Palmer Project permits

DEC extends public comment period for Palmer Project permits

Due to a mistake in its public notice, Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has extended the public comment period on a controversial mineral exploration project in the Chilkat Valley. Constantine Metal Resources has applied for permits to manage...

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Newscast – May 21, 2019

Skagway welcomes the biggest ship to sail Alaskan waters yet and a famed urban design firm from New York visits Haines to take a look at plans for Portage Cove.

Newscast – May 20, 2019

The Skagway Borough Assembly prohibits joining two mobile homes into a single structure with some exceptions, the Department of Natural Resources extends the comment period on a set of permits for mineral exploration in the Chilkat Valley, and the Path to Prosperity...

Newscast – May 17, 2019

Letters to DNR commenting on Palmer Project bounce back due to an issue with its mailing address; The Haines Uglys receive a citizenship award from the Haines School's 5th-grade class.

Newscast – May 16, 2019

The Haines Borough Police Department has four applicants for the open police officer position and radio personality Richard Nelson wins the 2019 Rasmussen Distinguished Artist Award.

Newscast – May 15, 2019

Skagway borough manager discusses budget and upcoming assembly meeting; The Haines Borough Assembly asks for more time to submit comments on permits for the Palmer Project.

Newscast – May 14, 2019

Skagway's marine highway ad hoc committee considers a locally governed ferry system for the Upper Lynn Canal and as White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad's tidelands lease draws to an end, Skagway begins community work sessions to plan for the future of the port.

Newscast – May 13, 2019

Chilkat Indian Village and conservation groups appeal BLM permitting lawsuit; Haines Borough Assembly to discuss biomass boiler plans.  

Newscast – May 10, 2019

Skagway grapples with high-cost commercial trash disposal; Bookstore owners respond to the loss of a large wholesale book distributor.  

Newscast – May 9, 2019

State ferry Columbia is still awaiting repairs, Klondike Gold Rush Park closes the Chilkoot Trail for bridge repairs, and the Bureau of Land management seeks public comment on changes to its Resource Management Plan for land surrounding Haines and Skagway.

Newscast – May 8, 2019

Constantine discusses waste management plan with the Haines Borough Assembly; The M/V Columbia breaks down between Sitka and Petersburg.

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Henry Leasia

Henry Leasia


Henry Leasia is a reporter from Portland, Oregon. He first caught the radio bug after starting a live storytelling show/podcast called It’s a Wise Child with some friends at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Since graduating in 2016 he’s produced a show about non-profits for, worked as a production assistant for Oregon Public Broadcasting’s weekday talk show Think Out Loud and most recently reported as a newsroom intern for Alaska Public Media in Anchorage. Outside of the newsroom, he spends time skateboarding, practicing Spanish and making music.

Claire Stremple is a radio and print journalist from the San Francisco Bay Area who has reported on everything from hot dogs to the opioid crisis. Claire is the 2018 Solutions Journalism Health Fellow. Previously, she was a producer and mentor for KALW’s Oakland Voices Community Journalism Project, and a resident at the Mesa Refuge. Her work has been featured on public radio stations throughout California and on NPR.